At first I thought it was a “Saturday Night Live” parody about ebooks for kids.
We’re so addicted to info-snacking, seemingly less able to (and interested in) focus on long-form reading, so let’s create a new platform that helps foster even shorter attention spans for our kids.
Amazon Rapids, the company’s newest offering, is nothing more than a series of text messages disguised as a new way of encouraging kids to read.
Go ahead. Download the app, read the sample content and tell me whether you think it’s worth $2.99 a month to expose kids to these “short stories.”
I wouldn’t recommend Rapids to kids even if it were offered for free.
Anyone who knows me would agree that I’m an unabashed digital enthusiast. Nobody wants technology to help make reading more accessible and interesting than I do.
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Harness Your Passion: Tips from an Indie Author (PW)
Janice Petrie’s life has always fueled her writing. Her experience as an outreach specialist for the New England Aquarium helped inform her picture books, while growing up near — and once staying the night in — a haunted, lakeside cottage gave her non-fiction a unique perspective. When she decided to try self-publishing, she wanted to “produce well-written books that readers would find entertaining and interesting.”
10 Things Authors Do Wrong (and How to Fix Them) (The Verbs)
I once had an author tell me that getting into publishing is sort of like building a house without any plans. There’s a lot of information out there, but some of it feels a bit too hyped (“Make your book an Amazon bestseller!”) while other information is flat out confusing. For this reason, I find that authors often just decide to jump into the deep end of the pool, with very little research or practice. And while that’s admirable, it often comes with a price. Also (and as you’ll see from this piece) while the challenges are real, the fixes are pretty simple.
The X Factor. Adding the X to PDF/X (BookMachine)
We all know PDFs. Here we are over a decade and a half into the 21st century and chances are you have probably already read one or more this week and are probably carrying a few around in your pocket right now. Not bad for a file format that originated in 1993!
International Industry Notes (Pub Perspectives)
Awards recognizing UAE-specific work and international Arabic literature are announced as the International Publishers Association names its next president to a two-year term.
Visitors to Shanghai Book Fair to Top 10,000 (Bookseller)
Randy Wang, the director of the Shanghai Children’s Book Fair (CCBF), is expecting more than 10,000 trade visitors at this year’s event, which is taking place later this month.
How to Use Brain Science to Write a Riveting Novel (Creative Penn)
What makes a story memorable? What keeps readers turning the pages? Lisa Cron explains her tips for writing a story that readers love.
Visualization and ‘Responsible Data’ in Time of Elections (Pub Perspectives)
At San Francisco’s Books in Browsers VII, a presentation from the UK offers a Brexit example of how much impact irresponsibly used data can have in today’s society.
A Mixed Quarter for Harper, as Profits Rebound on Declining Sales (Pub Lunch)
HarperCollins’ parent company News Corp. reported fiscal first quarter results on Monday after the close of the market, with mixed results for the book publishing unit. Sales of $389 million were down $20 million from the first quarter a year ago — blamed on the “the absence of revenues from Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee,” though this time a year ago, adjusted sales declined $7 million even with that title, so the bar was set low.
School Zone Launches Subscription-Based Education Site (PW)
School Zone Publishing has launched the Anywhere Teacher brand, centered on AnywhereTeacher.com, a subscription-based online destination that provides supplemental learning at home.
Do You Have Intention? How to Set Achievable and Meaningful Goals (Jane Friedman)
The most successful people in every industry use goals as road maps to help them reach their desired destination. It’s no different for writers. If you don’t know where you want to end up—and you don’t care—you’ll arrive somewhere but not necessarily at the destination you intended.
How Thinking Differently Could Boost Your Career (BookMachine)
In an industry that outsources most of its physical tasks and processes, what’s the one thing that can set you and your organization apart from your competitors? The way you think…